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Jaw popping and painafter it pops and almost locks up

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Stop chewing: You need to rest your jaw. Soft diet, antiinflammatories, ice, dental evaluation. No gum ever again. There is a special mouth guard called an nti device that your dentist can make that is especially helpful.
Dr. David Chrisman
Cosmetic Dentistry 33 years experience
TMJ: The jaw popping is your jaw going back into its correct position. You will notice a clunk on closing which is the jaw dislocating. You need to get a diagnosis and conservative splint therapy. I prefer anterior repositioning splints which help the disc stay in place and the joints to heal for a period of time. You will need to see someone that routinely treats tmj.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Disk displaced: The disk is out of position. See a TMJ expert for advice and treatment.

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